News stories, links & studies
A recent study shows that half of all young people bullied at school experience mental health problems.
“Secrets of the teenage brain” – article aimed at teachers, but also helpful for parents and for teenagers who are struggling understand what’s going on…
Annalisa Barbieri - “Problem solved” – a 12 year old with no aspirations in life
NUS survey shows that the majority of students experience mental health issues
In December 2015 a study showed that the majority of students suffer from mental health difficulties during their studies. A separate study (November 2015) demonstrated the high rates of depression among PhD students.
The impact of psychotherapy
A new study shows that short term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (12 sessions) is highly effective for children with anxiety difficulties.
A recent randomised control study of adults receiving 18 weeks of psychotherapy has shown very positive results, especially given the fact that 18 weeks would be a very short length of time in treatment. It showed that 44 per cent of the depressed adults in the study no longer had a major depressive disorder (followed up two years after treatment) compared to only 10 per cent of those receiving usual NHS treatments offered. In the three and a half years following psychotherapy or other NHS treatments, the changes of having at least partial recovery from symptoms was 40 per cent higher for those who had undertaken psychotherapy. See http://tavistockandportman.uk/about-us/research/current-research-projects/adult-depression-study-tads for a full report on findings. See also the British Psychoanalytic Council website for more information about the evidence base for psychotherapy.
A useful animation explaining why someone might go for psychotherapy (aimed at adults & adolescents)
Suicide and self-harm
“SOS” mental health guide – includes how to help someone deal with panic attacks and how to talk to someone about self-harm or suicidal thoughts
Young people interviewed about self harm, followed by my own comments on ITV West Country
eating disorders: podcast
Short film about gender identity
Help with children’s sibling rivalry
This short cartoon can be us useful way of understanding or explaining depression